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A query on Polish sabres (which resembles the Karabela style)


Ozi Dan 26 | 569
17 Sep 2013 #1
Hi all,

Wondering if I could enlist the assistance of any forum members who may know about old Polish sabres.

I've found what appears to be a very old sabre in an antiques store and I wanted to know if there's any mark or characteristic I should look for to establish whether or not it's Polish. The tag describes it as an Eastern sword or similar, but this I think reflects that the store owner doesn't know much about swords as it's mainly a furniture and bric a brac store.

I would say it most closely resembles the Karabela style in blade and handle. The blade is a fairly dull damasc steel. The hilt and pommel are covered in what appears to be mother of pearl or a similar pearlescent white glossy material, which looks as though it's made up of different large pieces like a mosaic. There is no scabbard.

Look forward to your thoughts! Cheers Dan
TheOther 6 | 3,692
17 Sep 2013 #2
Dan, have you googled for "Polish sabres antique" already? Switch to 'Images' and your browser will come up with heaps of related photos. In case your sabre is not amongst them you might want to post an image.
OP Ozi Dan 26 | 569
17 Sep 2013 #3
Thanks mate, I have googled, but what I really wanted to know was whether Polish sabres have some characteristic maker's mark if made in Poland or an import mark or similar if made elsewhere (ie the blade, which were usually Persian, Spanish or German). Unfortunately I didn't take a piccy as I didn't have my mobile on me as it was a "family outing", but I remember it fairly well. It seems a good price at about $660 odd.

If I can tear myself away from work and get out there again I'll take some but I wouldn't have a clue how to download the pic onto the forum.
ender 5 | 398
17 Sep 2013 #4
Try here
minimalmac.pl/forum/viewforum/10/
I understand that you don't speak Polish but blog's owner does and his name is Jacek. You need to register to send any kind of message.


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